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Which newborns are too expensive to treat? A response to Dominic Wilkinson

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  • i Frustratingly, I must even leave certain important criticisms—like those which focus on which newborns cannot benefit from treatment—without a response at beyond what I did in the book. (On this topic, for instance, I do spend significant time considering the ambiguity of determining which newborns could never benefit from treatment.)

  • ii As I discuss in the book, many newborns ‘declare themselves’ in the first 2–3 days in ways which make further decisions far easier.

  • iii In his defense, he merely gives us a sketch and would presumably have answers to my challenges if he had the space for an extended defense of his proposals.

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